Puppy Gate, Deck Style.Monday, April 25, 2016
Yes Finn is still technically a puppy at about three-ish years old and ok yes, he is also the world's most giganto-puppy ever. So I guess with that, the caveat here is a gate for puppies that are maybe not the typical tiny wiggly cutie wootie puppy size.
But hey, I wasn't kidding about the long list of things to do outdoors! Plenty more to do....
Typically when Mike and I laze about on the deck, Finn, the ever perky-eared, sniff-and-bark-at-everything puppy that he is, likes to go darting down the gangway, jump and roar up a storm. Read: scare the pants off everyone and everything walking by. We mostly worry that he'll hurt himself on the chain link gate.
Or he maniacally tries to reach Toby, our east neighbor's new fluffy marshmallow squeak toy sized dog, under the fence. (Toby's cute, don't get me wrong.) And by maniacally, I mean it's kinda scary.
Finn's doing better at the park when he sees other (larger) dogs, not that we go near them because still we do not, but he's less reactionary so that's a step in the right direction.
A small dog, on the other hand, and we best be holding onto that leash -- bark bark, jump, bark. Squirrels and seagulls? No problem. Pigeons? Yep, lunging. Such a weirdo.
He's an anxious, fearful dog all right and it's, sigh, difficult.
Right so anywhooo.
As I said, while we loaf, Finn likes to cause trouble. To trap him on the deck, we use one of those store bought baby gates,* you know, those fussy mangly floppy finger crunchers that take oh, eons to set. And once you get that thing on there, you are loathe to pop it off lest you have to finagle with it for twenty minutes all over again.
Amiright or amiright?! Heh.
Mike has asked me mmmm, three or four times now to build a gate for the deck. So I'm beyond the Doomsday Three request marker.
Per usual, I perused the interwebs for inspiration first. Man, baby gates can be such the uh, blight, huh?
The design tipping point came at lift off hinges, a new-to-me item. My initial desire for this gate was for it to be easily removable so I don't have to look at it all the time. It would then also not be floppin' around the deck all the time either. And it would last longer stored in the garage when not in use.
Not too much to ask, right? I'm not sure how I happened upon those wee hinges but it was a major ah ha ball-rolling moment.
Turns out the ones I ended up with are quite small, like for cabinets, but I am of the make-it-work ilk and so I did.
Once I figured out the design, it was a-shoppin' time:
After measuring the opening at the top of the deck stair, I cut my 2x2 down to size which happened to be three foot long top and bottom, the sides 1'-10.5" making the whole gate 3' x 2'.
Next, pilot drilled holes, glued, and screwed to make the rectangle. Wait wait wait for the glue to set though I slapped on some a' that white paint during the pause in action.
|Glue and screw, glue and screw.|
|Hard to see my teensy 3" pencil mark but it's there.|
|Super Handy tip, with a capital S and H? Use an allen wrench to whirl those eye hooks in fast and easy with not a lick of struggle.|
|Woo hoo, fun with paracord!|
|Who knew a gate could be such eye candy?!?!|
The last steps I did outside on the deck because the hinges were so petite. Because I'm typically a solo DIY artist, I stacked up some scrap 2x4 to balance the gate on as third and fourth hands.
|2x4 helper hands. Yes, I know, we need to cut the poofy grass.|
I marked the post, drilled pilot holes then attached half the hinge. I put the hinge half that's the catch, not the post part, onto the post as the hole goes all the way through therefore it won't hold water. Plus too there won't be the post part sticking out to catch on anyone or anything.
These hinges, by the way, come as left or right swing. I think I ended up with left though I haven't been able to find anywhere the explanation for why, what makes one left and one right.
Next I marked the gate frame, drilled the holes, put the other hinge halves on.
|Won't lie, this wasn't smooth sailing with the hinges being so small, but being careful, I got it.|
|Low tech works well, what can I say.|
|"Mommy, what have you done to me?"|
|Poof, "I'm freeeee!"|
|Lookie there, it lifts off! So cool.|
|I'm so damn proud of this little gate!|
So there it is! A super fun gate to keep the pooch on the deck and safely out of trouble! Yay! Mike likes it too! Double yay!